THIS ANSWER IS TIME SENSITIVE AND ONLY APPLIES TO OUR PENNSYLVANIA REPORT FOR THE WEEK OF 10/5/18
The quick answer is YES – we always account for ticket reprints. REPRINTS are one of the FIRST BIG SECRETS we discovered which led us to start ScratchSmarter. We built our entire algorithm around this issue and have it fully integrated into our reporting process.
How do we account for it? Its based on two things: 1) how we calculate the SmartFactor and 2) how we gather the data every day.
So, when the reprint occurs, the outstanding prizes is updated on the PA Lottery website. We pull those numbers daily and add them to our database. When we see the very top prize change from a low number to a higher number, it indicates a reprint. Our SmartFactor value for that game will change, usually from a RED value to a higher red OR yellow value. However over time, that game can potentially change to a green game, like Extreme Green has done recently. This is, after all, why the lottery did the reprint. They want a hot selling game to continue selling and they can’t do it until the odds get better.